Brady will wait to build at site

New construction on property owned by Brady Trucking probably won’t get going until next year, according to Chuck Johnson, vice president of the company.

Brady Trucking won approval from voters last week to have its 13-acre riverfront parcels remain zoned a combination of light industrial and industrial-office. The area is at the end of 27 1/2 Road.

Johnson said the company still plans to build at its site but is waiting for the economy to rebound.

“If we start before the end of the year, it would be a pleasant surprise,” Johnson said.

Johnson has said the company wants to build offices on the most eastern portion of its land. An area to the west that backs up to Las Colonias Park and a bike path will be the site of more parking for its semi tractor-trailers. The company will build a wall on the western boundary with the park and has agreed to donate a 50-foot easement to continue a trail to parallel the Colorado River.

Opponents to industrial zoning along the riverfront are disappointed in the election’s results, said Harry Griff, the attorney for the opponents.

Griff said he hopes that construction won’t occur and that Brady Trucking will find an alternate site to do business.

“There are several places in the valley where they could expand,” he said. “I hope that Brady is able to recoup their investment. My sincere hope is that Brady recognizes this is not the appropriate place to be expanding their industrial uses.”

Griff said several groups had been working to purchase the property, but the asking price for the property is well above market value. Nonprofit groups cannot purchase land that is priced above its appraised value, he said.

Griff said he also doesn’t think it’s appropriate for the city of Grand Junction to purchase the land, sticking taxpayers with the bill.

“I don’t think it’s the community’s obligation to buy them out at an exorbitant price,” he said.

Johnson said he has not been contacted lately by any group willing to buy the land.

“If they’re still interested, they need to come forward,” he said.

Johnson has said he is willing to sell the property.

After Brady Trucking purchased the land in 2006, the company spent about $500,000 cleaning up the area, including removing an old rendering plant.

According to the Mesa County Assessor’s Office, in 2012, Brady’s land at 347 27 1/2 Road, closest to Las Colonias Park, was valued at $780,390. Its property to the east, at 2757 C 1/2 Road, was valued at $367,380.


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No one really knows the factual appraisal of the 3 parcels on the Colorado River owned and now zoned for industrial use, because the Grand Junction City Council refuses to put up the money for that appraisal. As I have said before and I say again, the Colorado River is the life-giving artery of this valley and the whole Southwest.  Purchasing the property with taxpayer money and grants and non-profit and trusts and direct fund-raising is entirely appropriate Mr. Harry Griff.  Are you being recalcitrant because your “opponents” lost the election?  Instead of making people believe you have a handle on the intimate details of Brady Trucking and their holdings, you would serve your “opponent” group better by working with the people and groups that want to further the discussion with Brady.

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